Mike Errico on the BBC

Mike Errico on the BBC

Good times w/ The BBC (@bbcnews) discussing why we don’t have long song intros like “Hotel California” anymore, but we do have 8-hour-long compositions you’re meant to sleep through. Confusing times, these. I’m trying to make sense of it myself. “No one does rumpled like you, Errico…” — a friend. I don’t think I look rumpled. Do I? The ‘no tie’ was a choice, and a recommendation, and I think it was a good call. No? I sat in a room in NY while this was going on in the UK. I’d never done that before. Very disembodied. Very Max Headroom. Since I was alone, had to take a selfie in the monitor. Probably could have looked at the monitor, too. Now it looks like I’m checking my Instagram. All rumpled. (See above.) Anyway, it was cool. Thanks to the BBC for calling me. (They really did call me. I know. I was surprised, too.) I hope I shed some light on what is basically a totally open-ended future. For those unaware of my teaching side, here’s the spiel from NYU: New York-based musician, writer, and lecturing professor, Mike Errico has built his name on the strength of critically acclaimed releases and extensive composition for film and TV. He has taught songwriting at Yale and Wesleyan universities, and speaks about the art and business of songwriting at colleges, high schools, and conferences across the country. Live, Errico has toured the country for over a decade, playing major music festivals and sharing stages with artists including Raul Midon, Jonny Lang, Soulive, Bob Weir, Amos Lee, Ben Folds, Dan Wilson, Derek...
Lyric Prints!

Lyric Prints!

So, I am just now caught up with all lyric print orders. They’ve gone all over the world, and I think they look really cool. I’ve been so interested to see what lyrics resonate with you, too. You can get one, either a full song, or a single lyric. Full song lyric print: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mikeerrico/items/198894 Single lyric print: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mikeerrico/items/198893 Some examples: Ever Since – nice call. Grace – solid (full lyric print on that one) Count to Ten – I love that they’re all over the map, btw… Skimming (this was a popular one – I was thinking of putting them on Etsy, haha) …and SO many others. They are all handmade, and I love making them, and I hope they find the perfect place in your life. M...
Exclusive Premiere: Mike Errico, “You Shook Me All Night Long” (AC/DC cover)

Exclusive Premiere: Mike Errico, “You Shook Me All Night Long” (AC/DC cover)

Ultimate Classic Rock (how cool a name is that?) has an exclusive premiere of my cover of “You Shook Me All Night Long,” which will be available everywhere on August 22nd. (Psst: It’s available on the CD version of Minor Fits and also as a download on the PledgeMusic campaign.) If you know me, you know I’ve played this for years, but it’s never gotten a real strong recorded version until now. Although he doesn’t usually work in the same hard-rock vein mined by AC/DC, Errico tells Ultimate Classic Rock that his long-standing love for the song is real — and his clever approach to playing it has its roots in his years as a young musician making ends meet by performing covers at a dive bar on Bleecker Street in New York City. “I didn’t want to be a human jukebox,” explains Errico. “To me, if you want to hear a song done ‘right,’ go to the original and listen to it. But I was so confused about how to start out in music that I decided maybe I could tolerate doing covers if I twisted up a bunch of songs I liked and injected my own personality into the gig.” The result, he says now, was “maybe the worst, most confusing, set in the world” — one that spanned reinvented versions of everything from Stevie Wonder‘s “Sir Duke” to musical numbers, Sinatra songs, and Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Crazy Train.” “Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing,” he admits. “I just knew I wanted to play.” Read More: Hear AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ Covered as a Waltz...
Exclusive Download: “Trusted,” Mike Errico

Exclusive Download: “Trusted,” Mike Errico

There are ONLY TEN DAYS LEFT in the Mike Errico PledgeMusic campaign, and If you’ve joined, you get everything first. If not, HERE’S YOUR SHOT. “Trusted,” Heavy Americana from Mike Errico’s forthcoming album, Minor Fits LISTEN HERE WHEN YOU JOIN THE CAMPAIGN – AND THANK YOU! “Trusted” started as a friendly challenge from the Acoustic Guitar Project, an online platform in which a single guitar travels from musician to musician, and each person gets a week to write and record an original song only using a tiny handheld recorder they provide. “It was fun to do, but the original had a folky, ‘train’ beat. [Producer] Jamie Siegel heard it and suggested pushing the rock foundation he heard in it. I went back to the drawing board several times, following his recommendations, and after a couple of revisions, we landed in that big, “Heavy Americana” zone that I wanted for Minor Fits. Lyrically, the song is an exploration of trust, as well as why we have so much difficulty with it. “What we think of ourselves is what we project outwardly, and if that lens is smeared, that’s when we get into trouble. But there’s a great unburdening in seeing things for what they are, and that’s what I was hoping to do—you know, without screaming and breaking things, which is usually my first reaction,” he says, laughing. “I’ve left a trail of songs that’ll back me up on that.” Over eight albums, Errico has remained inspired by the challenge of making art while making a living. “Over the years, I learned to be versatile, and to gain as many...
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